The Kitchenpiper reel

Also known as The Kitchen Piper.

There are 9 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Kitchenpiper has been added to 3 tune sets.

The Kitchenpiper has been added to 75 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Kitchenpiper
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
AddA d2Ad|defd edBA|GBdg fedf|eAcB A2ef|
AddA ~d3A|defd edBA|gGBg fAdf|1 eddc d2dB:|2 eddc defg||
aAAf AAdA|AfAA aAfA|GBdg fedf|eAcB A2fg|
aAAf AAdA|AfAA aAfA|gGBg fAdf|eddc defg|
aAAf AAdA|AfAA aAfA|GBdg fedf|eAcB A2ef|
AddA ~d3A|defd edBA|gGBg fAdf|eddc d2dB||
X: 2
T: The Kitchenpiper
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
AddA d2Ad|defd edBA|GBdg fedf|eAcB A2ef|
AddA d2Ad|defd edBA|gfeg fedf|1 eAce d2dB:|2 eAce defg||
aAAf AAdA|AfAA aAfA|GBdg fedf|eAcB A2fg|
aAAf AAdA|AfAA aAfA|gfeg fedf|eAce defg|
aAAf AAdA|AfAA aAfA|GBdg fedf|eAcB A2ef|
AddA d2Ad|defd edBA|gfeg fedf|eAce d2dB||
X: 3
T: The Kitchenpiper
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:f|AddA dddA|defd edBA|BggA ffAe|eBcB Az a2|
AddA dddA|defd edBA|gBdg fAdf|eddc d2:||
|:fg|adff AddA|ffAf fAdd|BggA ffAe|eBcB A2 fg|
adff AddA|ffAf fAdd|gBdg fAdf|eddc d2:||
|:AddA dddA|dcde f2 ed|ge fd/e/ c2| dB c2 ee|
AddA dddA|dcde f2 ed|gBdg fAdf|eddc d2:||
|fg|adgg AffA|eeBd BgBA|BggA ffAe|eBcB A2 fg|
|1adgg AffA|eeBd BgBA|gBdg fAdf|eddc d2:|
|2AddB eecf|fdgg afdB|gBdg fAdf|eddc d2||
# Added by JACKB .

Seventeen comments

The Kitchen Piper

I play this after Maggie’s Pancakes whenever I’m not around people who have an aversion to Scottish tunes. I got this from a fiddle player in Cambridge, but I’ve posted my own setting of it. The original version that was given to me is below:
K: Dmaj
AddA d2Ad|defd edBA|GBdg fedf|eAcB A2ef|
AddA d2Ad|defd edBA|gfeg fedf|1 eAce d2dB:|2 eAce defg||
aAAf AAdA|AfAA aAfA|GBdg fedf|eAcB A2fg|
aAAf AAdA|AfAA aAfA|gfeg fedf|eAce defg|
aAAf AAdA|AfAA aAfA|GBdg fedf|eAcB A2ef|
AddA d2Ad|defd edBA|gfeg fedf|eAce d2dB||

Bizarrely, our local uillean piper played this at a session last night - first time I’d heard it in about 4 years.

Kitchenpiper

Shouldn’t bother anyone who’s "averse" to Scottish tunes. Composed by Neil Dickie - who’s Canadian.

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Wow, would never have guessed - ta for the info Kenny.

Is it supposed to be played like a hornpipe then?

Kitchenpiper

It is classed as a hornpipe, but bagpipe hornpipes are played "smoother", flowing more like Irish reels.

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Okay ta, I’ve changed the details. I play it like you said - the same rhythm and speed as I would play an Irish reel. That’s the way I’ve heard it played in sessions.

Oops……..

I think I made a mistake here. I’ve been told that Neil Dickie was born in Scotland, although he’s been living in Canada for some time now. Sorry, Dow.

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“Count Dickie”

He’s composed some interesting tunes. Not only ”The Kitchenpiper”, but also the hornpipes ”The Clumsy Lover” and ”Pattie” and the air ”The Haunting”. Published one book called ”First Book” in the ’80s.

Rhythm

Count Dickie classed it as a ”bossa nova” tune, whatever that means, and one version of the third part had syncopation.

Highland pipers play some hornpipes in a more pointed fashion -”slow” hornpipes, while many - especially of the newer ones - are composed to be played in a rounded fashion like Irish reels.

Re: The Kitchenpiper

Thank you for posting this… a Google search for this tune first led me to this site! It’s one of my favourites (one of those you use to drive everyone bananas). I love its feel of joyous abandon :)

Re: The Kitchenpiper

I hadn’t noticed this before, but "Dr. Dow’s" setting only has 2 parts, which is incomplete. Version #3 posted by "JackB" is the original version as composed by Neil Dickie, and how it would be played by a Highland piper.

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Re: The Kitchenpiper

Oops…

I’ll admit, I’m sometimes at a loss when there are several different settings of a tune. Is it OK to choose a setting based on difficulty/key/preference - especially when you’re not familiar with the tune’s history and wouldn’t know if something is missing or incorrect?

Re: The Kitchenpiper

You can learn any version you like, Robyn, that’s entirely up to your own preferences. All I am pointing out is that any Scottish musician playing this tune would be far more likely to play version #3 above rather than versions #1 or #2. Actually, it’s a tune which was much more popular in the 1980s - I haven’t heard anyone play it in years [ in Scotland ]. I would always recommend you learn a Scottish pipe tune from pipers - I do not recommend many of the bagpipe tunes posted here on this website as a reliable source.

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Re: The Kitchenpiper

Thank you, Kenny. It was actually a piper who inspired me to look for this: he’d been asked to play it for a concert and sent me a recording. My reaction was, right - I’m going to play this as well! I completely understand your first comment, too; I just took the chance to ask a question which arose. I’ll pick and choose settings with a clear conscience now, thank you ;)